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About Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was one of the 20th century's defining artists, a singer, songwriter, producer, and dancer of exceptional high-quality versatility. He emerged as the prodigious star of the Jackson 5 and soon scored his first solo chart-topper with "Ben" (1972). A starring role in The Wiz sparked a partnership with producer Quincy Jones, resulting first in Off the Wall (1979), a dazzling disco-era album that announced Jackson as a mature talent with "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You." Featuring early MTV staples "Billie Jean" and "Thriller," Thriller (1982) became the biggest-selling album of all time. Kept in the stratosphere with the high-tech Bad (1987), he was dubbed "the King of Pop," then teamed with new jack swing originator Teddy Riley for Dangerous (1991), trailed by the half-retrospective/half-new HIStory (1995) and the slick R&B of Invincible (2001), his final album before his death in 2009.

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